Promotion/Demotion

Tyrell to Return to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced via Twitter today that former Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell would be assigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League. An official announcement is expected shortly.

Tyrell was in a heated battle for three roster spots in Tampa with Tom Pyatt, Mattias Ritola, Blair Jones, and Brett Connolly. Due to Mattias Ohlund being placed on injured reserve, only one cut was needed and Tyrell was demoted. All things being equal with the others involved in the roster race, Tyrell is still on his entry level contract which means he doesn't have to pass through waivers to be assigned to the AHL. The Lightning would risk losing one of the others had they been waived.

Though his contract played a part in the decision, had Tyrell clearly outplayed the others, it's likely he would still be in Tampa.

Admirals Send 3 to Everblades

The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Alex Hutchings and goaltender Pat Nagle to the ECHL's Florida Everblades today. In addition, the Lightning's to affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, assigned forward Philip-Michael Devos to the Everblades. These moves were announced today by Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois.

Hutchings (pictured) spent most of last season with the Everblades after nearly hitting 50 goals his final year of junior hockey with OHL Barrie. In his first year pro, Hutchings had 13 goals and 26 points in 51 ECHL games. He added three points in four playoff games with Florida, and was scoreless in his only appearance with the Admirals.

Lightning Send Two Prospects Home

The Lightning announced today that prospect defensemen Adam Janosik and Geoffrey Schemitsch will be returning to their junior teams.

Both prospects were at practice this morning in Brandon, Florida. Janosik will return to Gatineau, whose season is already underway. Schemitsch will join the defending OHL champion Owen Sound Attack, whose first game is Wednesday.

Schemitsch was skating with a coach before practice this morning receiving extra instruction. He faired well in practice Sunday and played a simple, yet steady game Saturday during the scrimmage. He was schooled by Dominic Moore in one on one drills Monday.

Janosik (pictured) had a nice goal on Matthieu Garon in practice today from the point.

Ritola, Jones, and Tokarski Join Lightning Practices

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forwards Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones, as well as goaltender Dustin Tokarski, from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Norfolk was recently eliminated from the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs.

BP Note: The prospects will form what is known as the "Black Aces," a practice squad of sorts for the playoffs.

Ashton Joining Admirals

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Carter Ashton to the Norfolk Admirals from his junior club, the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 20, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a first-round draft pick of the Lightning (29th overall in 2009). He split this season between Tri City and the Regina Pats, scoring 33 goals and 71 points with 106 penalty minutes in 62 games between the clubs. He also netted 17 power play goals, tying him for fifth place in the WHL.

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